9th Annual Waiting on a Cure Event Coming November 19

(October 27, 2010) - The fight against cancer will take center stage at the 9th Annual Waiting on a Cure luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Friday, November 19, at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto, located at 15 East Liberty Street. The theme for this year's luncheon is "Waiting on a Noteable Cure."

The Waiting on a Cure luncheon is a unique fundraiser that benefits the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University Medical Center. Table hosts purchase a table for 10 and invite nine of their friends to enjoy lunch with them. The table hosts dress in costumes based on the theme and wait on their guests throughout the meal. The guests then tip their host at the end of the meal, and all proceeds benefit the ACI.

Since its inception eight years ago, the event has raised more than $840,000 for the ACI to support leading-edge cancer research and cancer care. Proceeds from this year's event will help purchase new equipment, enhance patient programs, and expand cancer research in Savannah.

"This is a fun event for an excellent cause. Every dollar raised helps to advance cancer care right here in Savannah. And, the money that people tip their host is 100 percent tax-deductible," said Toby Hollenberg, event co-chair.

The ACI is a state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility that includes the region's only pediatric and gynecologic oncology programs, the region's only practicing board-certified surgical oncologist, and the only practice in the area devoted solely to women's breast health. Visit aci.memorialhealth.com.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.